I have been reading with interest the ongoing controversy regarding the Talbot Boys and now the behavior of Laura Price at the Talbot County Council meeting.
I would like to offer the following points and perspective:
1. Maryland did not join the Confederacy, the Confederate flag is not our flag. Those citizens who fought with the rebels to defend slavery might be honored by their families but have no place at the people’s courthouse. Further, to what purpose was the statue commissioned almost 50 years after the war with private money and during the Jim Crow era? The Confederacy lost the war,we must stop revising history and move forward.
2. Can you name a civil war in any other country where monuments to the losing side are honored in the public square? You will not find any honoring South Vietnamese soldiers in Vietnam.
It is a national tragedy that brother fought brother in a bloody war. It seems to me that in our attempt to heal the rift, too many concessions were made to the sensibilities of white southern citizens and contributed to our turning a blind eye to the continued suppression of our black brothers and sisters.
Perhaps Laura Price could open her mind and listen with intent to understand before asking to be understood. We must look beyond our white privilege, open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to our neighbors of color. Yes, changing demographics mean the browning of America. Instead of meeting the inevitable with denial, fear and futilely trying to hold on to the status quo, let us embrace and fulfill the promise of our American constitution: All men are created equal. Let’s make this an Independence Day for all of us.
Donna L. von Lipsey